Grounds for Standing and Understanding is the most recent and comprehensive installation in the series entitled Negotiating Spaces. In this work, Golkar juxtaposes specific Western modernist tendencies, such as the use of minimalist language in modern architecture, against very specific traditions of Middle Eastern culture, such as the use of geometric patterns found in nomadic Persian carpets.
Born in the United States, raised in Iran, Golkar currently lives and works in Vancouver. He has developed works that attempt to navigate cultural barriers and further examine the relations between Eurocentric and Eastern orthodoxies.
Golkar has been actively presenting works in solo and group exhibitions; most recently presenting a commissioned installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as well as taking part in an exhibition at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece. Golkar was shortlisted and selected as one of the finalists for the 2011 international Jameel Art Prize in London.
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